Getting Physical will seriously help your health!

Energised Coach Graham Williams gives his thoughts on the relationship between physical activity and health..

A report by the UK Chief Medical Officer1 in 2004 provided definite conclusions on the benefits of physical activity on health by highlighting that people of all ages benefit from regular exercise, the greater your physical activity level the greater the health benefits and that physical activity reduces the risk of premature mortality, coronary heart disease, hypertension and cancers.

However the Chief Medical Officer also highlights, ‘up to two-thirds of men and three-quarters of women report lower activity levels which substantially increases their risk of contracting a broad range of – possibly up to 20 – chronic diseases.’1. Data from the USA highlights the comparable effects of physical inactivity/poor diet to tobacco use with the statistic that the causes of yearly preventable death in the US by tobacco is 38% compared to 28% from physical inactivity/poor diet2.

An important study carried out in 19963 compared physical activity levels with other health risk factors. The authors found that in both men and women, low physical fitness as an independent predictor of mortality was on par with chronic illnesses, abnormal ECG (electrical activity of the heart) and smoking. However there is hope! In a bid to prove the causal effects between physical activity and health risks, a study at Harvard University4 analysed physical activity behaviour on two occasions approximately 10 years apart. The study found that those individuals who were physically active and then stopped exercising had the greatest relative risk of mortality, whilst those individuals who had not exercised but then became physically active showed the lowest relative risk of mortality.

So it is not to late to change and it is important that once you are physically active and exercising that you maintain a level of fitness over a longitudinal period in order to benefit from the range of health dividends associated with exercise. These include mental function and well being, reduced risk of musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis and reduced risk of diseases of the cardiovascular system.

The perfect opportunity to keep your body and mind in shape or to kick start your late summer fitness regime is with the Energised Performance August Bootcamp. Following the huge success and amazing results produced by the ‘bootcampers’ in the May and July camps, Team Energised is running a 5 day Bootcamp in August; suitable for everyone and anyone. The activities will be challenging but fun, demanding but rewarding! Book today!

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore”.
Andre Gide August Bootcamp
Date: Monday 11th Aug
5 days come rain or shine!

Cost: £50, £45 in advance, £40 if you have done EP courses before & pay in advance
Location: Meeting: Downs Cafe, Bristol – come rain or shine!
Time: 6.30pm – 60mins (**Weds 13th @ 7.45pm)
Numbers: Limited

Notes. 1 Department of Health. At least five times a week: Evidence on the impact of physical activity and its relationship to health. A report from the Chief Medical Officer. London: Department of Health. 2004.2 US Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. 1996.3 Blair, S.N., Kohl, H.W. and Gordon, N.F. Physical activity and health: A lifestyle approach. Medicine, Exercise, Nutrition and Health. 1992; 1: 54-57.4 Paffenbarger Jr, R.S., Hyde, R.T., Wing, A.L., et al. The association of changes in physical activity level and other lifestyle characteristics with mortality. New England Medical Journal. 1993; 328: 538-545.